The Top 15 Orange County Dive Bars

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6. Johnny's Saloon (Huntington Beach)
Perhaps one of the darkest spots on the border of Central and North Orange County, your nose should immediately pick up a whiskey and B.O. scent as you cross the threshold of the infamous punk bar. Bras of all color, shape and size deck the bar, leather couches don tears made by studded jeans. The jukebox blares only punk, punk and the occasional rockabilly track through speakers loud enough to make your ear drums bleed. This, my friends, is a dive with a clear and present message: Drown all sorrows in whiskey and deafness to all who enter here. I swear I didn't drink, but somehow when I left, I had a splitting headache and smelled like whiskey.
Ladies Beware: You know that wide variety of Bath and Body Works lotion in the ladies bathroom? If a guy smells like anything sugary or floral, run. Oh yeah...and the free Jameson shots. They are a no-no.

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Jackie Connor
5. Cassidy's (Newport Beach)
Ah yes, if you have partied anywhere near central Orange County/Newport in the past decade, you have been to Cassidy's. You might not remember, but you've been there. The overwhelming smell of tequila and lime that smacks you in the nostrils, the skateboard decks nailed to the walls and girls who are way too pretty to be sitting at the bar by themselves greet patrons who file away into Newport's most infamous dive.
Ladies Beware: Spoiled Newport brats who have been replacing their blood with alcohol relentlessly. 

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Yelp
4. The Quill
A glorified portable located behind a shopping center in Santa Ana, The Quill has been around for decades and so have the locals. They might not have the smooth moves of a Newport bachelor on the prowl, but if you're a decent looking lady, someone is going to toss a few cheese ball lines your way like "If I dated you, I would need an inhaler because you would take my breath away." (So says the crazy guy who claims to be bi-sexual). The only lady in the joint is a classy gal named Peggy who laughs at the cheesy one-liners and tells all the guys to "go f$#@ yourself" to which they happily reply "Thank you."
Ladies Beware: You want names? Ask Peggy.

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8 comments
Chris Roth
Chris Roth

Why have the"Ladies Beware" do you have to empower OC ladies any more who are all ready snobby and self absorbed when there out in bars. How about "Men Beware" of typical OC fake stuck up bitches"

Mark Milward
Mark Milward

how about a top 30? I need some new hangouts.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

Hey goathill and johnnys are local spots to me. but I prefer the Pen on bch and adams

JaySea
JaySea

@Chris Roth Welllll, while I understand your POV about fake stuck-up chicas, I don't think you'll find many in dive bars ...at least I didn't..all the ladies I met were very nice. However, if it's a date you're looking for, I don't think any bar is the best place to find one. But if bars are your only option, sounds like you might wanna brush up on those one-liners, bud. :)

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